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NASU Warns Of Impending Strike In Universities, Polytechnics

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NASU Warns Of Impending Strike In Universities, Polytechnics
Makolo Hassan, NASU President

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to address anomalies in the nation’s Research Institutes and Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The union’s president, Dr Makolo Hassan, in a statement following its National Executive Council (NEC) on Thursday, said the union was warming up for a total shut down.

According to him, NASU is an arm of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).

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For almost 10 years, the government has failed to honour the content of the agreement it freely entered into with the Joint Research and Allied Institutions Sector Unions (JORAISU) as contained in the year 2010 JORAISU/FGN Agreement.

“The underlisted issues include payment of twelve months arrears of 53.37 per cent salary increase, peculiar allowances and earned allowances.

“Also, the retirement age of 65 years for Non-Research staff as obtainable in the universities, withdrawal of circular on non-skipping of Salary Grade Level 10, that is the National Industrial Court’s judgement delivered in favour of the trade unions.

“Others include the establishment of a central body to be known as National Research Institutes Commission (NARICOM), adequate funding of Research Institutes and release of conditions of service, ” he said.

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The union leader said that the government had yet to address the issues in spite of several reminders, strikes and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into with the government on the matter.

Hassan said: “We, therefore, use the opportunity of this meeting to request the government to act speedily, particularly on the issue of the 12 months arrears.

Except some concrete steps are taken within the next 14 days, NASU members in all the research institutes in Nigeria will be compelled to commence strike to press home their demand in this regard,” he said.

The union leader also said that the government had not lived to its promise of a hitch-free migration on the IPPIS, as according to him, IPPIS has demonstrated a high level of incompetence and inefficiency.

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He said that the union’s experience since it migrated to the platform had been a painful one.

All efforts to get government and the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) to redress the noticeable shortcomings has not yielded a positive result.

“The noticeable shortcomings include non-payment of salaries to some staff, underpayment of salaries, non-payment of approved allowances as contained in the year 2009 FGN/NASU Agreement as well as failure to pay check-off dues to the union as and when due.

“Others are nonpayment of promotion arrears, non-deduction of welfare scheme, high taxation, non-release of payslips to workers, delay in payment of salaries and non-release of the schedule of payments made.

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“In the face of these challenges and the lukewarm attitude of the government and IPPIS office toward redressing these shortcomings, NASU may have no choice than to embark, as soon as possible, on a full-blown strike in the universities and inter-universities centres.

“Also, in polytechnics and colleges of education, except something is done very urgently to positively remedy the situation,’’ Hassan said. 

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Publish Details Of Your Assets Before Campaign, SERAP Tells Obi, Atiku, Others

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Publish Details Of Your Assets Before Campaign, SERAP Tells Obi, Atiku, Others

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on Presidential candidates to publish details of their assets ahead of campaigns.

The advocacy agency disclosed this in a statement, also advising candidates to shun vote-buying.

“Ahead of the start of campaigns on 28 Sept, we’re again calling on Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi, and Rabiu Kwankwaso, to immediately publish details of their assets, publicly reject vote-buying, and commit to the rule of law, if elected,” SERAP wrote.

Recall, in July, the flagbearer of the African Action Congress, (AAC), Omoyele Sowore had earlier declared his asset.

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In his declaration, a Toyota Camry & Lexus RX 350, a N5 million home in his village, three iPhones, a Galaxy Note 10 Lite, SaharaReporters Media Group, and a four-bedroom bungalow in New Jersey, were listed as his assets, cash exclusive.

He became the first Presidential candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections to declare his asset.

Also, in related matters, SERAP has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari over $23 million recovered Sani Abacha’s loot.

The advocacy organization disclosed this in a statement, also charging the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, stating that the Federal Government failed to publish details of the agreement signed with the United States over the repatriated funds.

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Read How PDP’s Senator, Nnamani Made Tinubu’s Campaign List

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How PDP’s Senator, Nnamani Made Tinubu's Campaign List

Chimaroke Nnamani, a senator under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party’s inclusion on the rival’s party campaign list, has been said to be intentional.

Recall, on Friday, September 23, 2022, the All Progressives Congress (APC), released a 422-member list of the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

The list which had the exclusion of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, got everyone talking as Nnamani, who is a loyalist to Abubakar Atiku, was selected.

READ ALSO: See The Full List Of Tinubu’s Presidential Campaign Council

Clearing the air on the issue, the director of media and publicity, Mr. Bayo Onanuga, revealed in a statement that the inclusion of the Senator was not an error.

“The PCC will also want to make it clear that the inclusion of the name of HE Chimaroke Nnamani, a renowned senator from Enugu State, was not an error.

“As a supporter of our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he is listed on the list in his own right. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is close with distinguished senator Chimaroke Nnamani, who is still abroad in the United States.

“Although he might not be on the field with them as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate, his presence suggested that he may have chosen to give his longtime friend and brother “moral support.”

“In any case, the PCC cannot dictate how much Senator Nnamani will support his friend and brother,” The statement read.

Onanuga added that the party is proud to be associated with Nnnamani, but any explanation of his status should come from the other party, not from APC.

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2023 Elections: INEC Issues Campaign Guidelines

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2023 Elections: INEC Issues Campaign Guidelines

Few months before the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Kwara State Command has released guidelines for the commencement of campaigns.

Disclosing this via an announcement during a meeting, in the State’s capital, Ilorin, Malam Garba Attahiru, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) represented by the INEC Administrative Secretary, Mr. Julius Yagba revealed that 14 activities had been successfully implemented, and the 14th is the publication of the final list of nominated candidates by INEC on September 20, 2022.

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“Relying on Section 92 of the Electoral Act, 2022, the commission expects the political campaigns to be civil, devoid of abusive language, and without any rancor. Section 92 of the Electoral Act 2022, forbids any political campaign or slogan tainted with abusive language directly or indirectly or one likely to injure religious, ethnic, tribal, or sectional feelings.

“Therefore abusive, intemperate, slanderous or base language or insinuations or innuendoes intended or likely to provoke violent reactions or emotion should be avoided.

“Parties and candidates are to avoid training or enlisting the services of individuals or groups, like; masquerades, for the purpose of adopting physical force or coercion in a manner likely to arouse apprehension during campaigns,” the REC said.

He said the next activity in line was the commencement of campaigns by the political parties which would begin by September 28, 2022, adding that the meeting was designed to remind all stakeholders about the responsibilities and expectations during the campaigns.

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According to him, campaigns for the offices of president and national assembly will commence on September 28, and the governorship and state house of assembly will commence on October 12.

The use of armed private security organizations during campaigns or election processions is also prohibited, according to Yagba.

The REC further elaborated that any candidate or aspirant who equips any person or group to display physical force or commit an offense and is liable on conviction will be fined N500,000 or three years imprisonment.

He urged the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to monitor the campaign processes as well as ensure efficient and effective deployment of personnel for peaceful electioneering.

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